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Zelenskyy Faces Press With Western Aid, Front Line Wavering

Tuesday, 19 December 2023 07:02 AM EST

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy will take questions from journalists Tuesday at an end-of-year press conference that comes with his military under pressure on the front and allies wavering on aid.

Zelenskyy last week embarked on a tour of Western countries to make the case for more military and political support for Ukraine as Russia's invasion grinds closer to the two-year-anniversary in February.

But he failed to convince Congress in Washington to approve $60 billion in support while in Brussels, Hungarian leader Viktor Orban blocked some 50 billion euros in aid earmarked for Kyiv.

Those setbacks on the diplomatic front come in the wake of a disappointing counter-offensive that Kyiv launched in June to using Western supplied tanks and weapons stockpiled over months.

By contrast, Russian President Vladimir Putin this month vowed victory during his year-end press conference, which he had canceled last year as his troops were facing setbacks on the battlefield.

The Russian leader said his military goals in Ukraine were unchanged and promised to keep fighting until the country was "de-militarized" and "de-Nazified," building on battle-rattling rhetoric ahead of elections in March.

Trust in Leader Dropping

Zelenskyy is due to meet with Ukrainian journalists and foreign press after 1400 GMT Tuesday, at a time when recent polling suggests the general public are losing trust in the Ukraine leader.

Zelenskyy, who was facing growing discontent before Russia invaded but became the global face of Ukraine's shock resistance, is again feeling political pressure at home.

Recent polling shows the number of Ukrainians who trust Zelenskyy has dropped to 62% compared to 84% one year ago, as Kyiv's forces were celebrating gains in the east and south.

The advances from this year's counteroffensive were much more modest, with just a few villages in the south and east front lines recaptured after months of fighting against entrenched Russian forces.

But society still overwhelmingly backs both the armed forces and their commander Valery Zaluzhny.

In a move that illustrates growing political divides, Kyiv residents have been gathering in the city center to demand more funds to help the military reclaim territory.

Despite setbacks on the battlefield and hiccups in Western support for Kyiv, Zelenskyy has sought to present the Black Sea as a recent success story.

Ukrainian drones have forced some Russian warships to redeploy following several successful attacks there.

Ukraine also reopened a maritime corridor for commercial cargo ships using its Black Sea ports, despite threats from Moscow that vessels using the hubs could be treated as military targets.

© AFP 2024


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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy will take questions from journalists Tuesday at an end-of-year press conference that comes with his military under pressure on the front and allies wavering on aid.
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